Compact Equipment

SEP 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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Job Performance Indicators Pay attention to increases in absenteeism or lateness. Does the employee have a growing disregard for the safety of oth- ers? If work quality suffers, along with refusal to acknowledge the problem, or if the worker seems confused, distracted or unable to focus, these things warrant your attention. Illness Is the employee taking more sick days, staying off lon- ger than expected or complaining of illness at work? Have they had a sudden weight loss or gain or been neglectful of personal hygiene? These things may be indicators of significant stress. Inappropriate Emotion This might include crying, screaming, sulking or other passive-aggressive behaviors. Have they overreacted to criti- cism or thrown temper tantrums? These are stress indica- tors, especially if they represent a change in behavior. Negativity Do they blame others for their own mistakes? Do they persistently complain about being treated unfairly or end- lessly talk about the same problems without solving them? These are signs of stress. Changes in Social Behavior You should take note of increased conflict with other workers and/or withdrawing from workers they had previ- ously associated with. Expressions of Desperation Statements similar to these: "I don't know what I'm going to do!" "I don't think I can stand this much more." "Somebody has to do something!" Any talk of suicide is a red-flag behavior that cannot be ignored. It's often a very short distance between the decision to do violence to oneself and the decision to do violence to others. Substance Abuse Of particular concern should be an escalating pattern in which the employee is visibly hungover on the job or begins arriving at work under the influence of intoxicat- ing substances. At-risk employees and substance abuse is a very dangerous combination. Romantic Obsession at the Workplace While romantic involvements in the workplace are fairly common, and may or may not be addressed by company policy, unreciprocated romantic obsessions are another matter. A rebuff from the object of the em- ployee's obsession can be a powerful trigger event for violence. Statements Indicating Identification with Perpetrators of Violence When workplace violence makes the news somewhere, they may make comments to the effect: "Sometimes I think I know how they feel." "I guess there's a limit to how much you can take." "We're probably not getting the whole story." "I guess they figured they had nothing to lose. I know what that's like." What Can You Do? If these behaviors are observed, but thus far no threats have been expressed and no threatening behavior has been reported, this simple approach is often very effective: Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market continued to be in positive territory in the sec- ond quarter of 2018, according to the National Asso- ciation of Home Builders (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI). The index increased one point to 67. The 55+ HMI is broken down to measure two seg- ments of the 55+ housing market: single-family homes and multifamily condominiums. Each segment of the 55+ HMI measures builder sentiment based on a survey that asks if current sales, prospective buyer traffic and anticipated six-month sales for that market are good, fair or poor (high, average or low for traffic). When compared to the previous quarter, among the three single-family components of the 55+ HMI, pres- ent sales increased three points to 73, sales expected in the next six months dropped three points to 77 and traffic of prospective buyers fell four points to 47. 55+ HOUSING MARKET SHOWS CONTINUED STRENGTH IN SECOND QUARTER, SAYS NAHB

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